Congressional Black Caucus plans walk out of Holder contempt vote
June 27th, 2012
08:16 PM ET
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Congressional Black Caucus plans walk out of Holder contempt vote

Washington (CNN) - Dismissing a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress as a "political stunt," a group of House Democrats, led by the Congressional Black Caucus, is planning to walk out of the House chamber on Thursday and boycott the vote.

The move mirrors a similar walk out by House Republicans in 2008 when Democrats, who then controlled the House, held a vote to hold two top Bush Administration officials in contempt of Congress.

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In a letter to House members that is still being circulated for signatures, the Democrats opposed to voting on the GOP-sponsored resolutions state, "Contempt power should be used sparingly, carefully and only in the most egregious situations. The Republican Leadership has articulated no legislative purpose for pursuing this course of action. For these reasons we cannot and will not participate in a vote to hold the Attorney General in contempt."

The letter goes on to say these Democrats refuse to participate in any vote that "would tarnish the image of Congress or of an Attorney General who has done nothing but work tirelessly to protect the rights of the American people. We must reflect upon why we are elected to this body and choose now to stand up for justice."

A senior Democratic aide told CNN that in addition to the Black Caucus, which includes over 40 members, the Hispanic Caucus, the Asian-Pacific American Caucus, and the Progressive Caucus may also participate. It's unclear whether any Democratic leaders will join in the boycott.

The number three House Democrat, Rep. Jim Clyburn, is a member of the Black Caucus. The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, who is expected to lead floor debate against holding Holder in contempt, is also a senior member of the CBC. There was no word Wednesday whether Cummings would participate.

Democrats preparing to boycott the contempt vote plan to stage a news conference on the Capitol steps - as the House is voting - to call on House Republican leaders to focus on creating jobs.

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. ronb

    Good for them! Issa is an embarrassment and needs to resign as soon as possible! How dare he try to use his position in the House to lie to American people and tarnish the House of Representatives forever. If John Boehner allows this happen – knowing full well it is a sham – he needs to resign as Speaker of the House because he is not worthy to be the #3 man in line for the presidency. Period. I am outraged! And, any democrat who votes for this injustice can run as a republican the next time around because Democrats will not forget!! If they think republicans will vote for them because the NRA says so, good luck!

    June 27, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. Larry L

    Republicans in the House and the Senate have done nothing but obstruct recovery from the recession and make cheap political moves. How about some legislation to actually help the American people? No more filibusters! No more abortion riders on transportation or defense bills! We pay you to work not to get re-elected!

    June 27, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Good , so should the Latino Caucus if they have any Huevos.

    Romney / Issi 2013

    June 27, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. reggie19

    The members of the Black Caucus are such hyprocrites. When the democrats wanted to do the contempt its okay but because Eric Holder is a black man they are against it. By the way, why is there such a group called Black Caucus? I wonder what their reaction would be if there was a White Caucus? The Black Caucus should be disbanded because these elected members are not just representing blacks in their community....they are suppose to representing everybody of all races that live in their communities. I am tired of hearing about Black Caucus, Hispanics etc....I thought everybody are to suppose to be Americans. Why do we always have to give a color or race to everything? We are all Americans no matter what race we are so please let us drop the racial divide.

    June 27, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    First came the tea party and now the NRA ordering this Republican Congress to take "marching orders" from them and Boehner and the rest of the GOP cowardly comply. And guess what folks, Mitt Romney, the weakest of them all, will coward and bow down too. These Republicans are "whipped".

    June 27, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. edbonfla

    Gee, I wonder if the Congressional White Caucus will stick around. Oh, wait, that would not be proper to even think about having such a group of Congressmen/women. We need to eliminate all those caucuses. Weren't the members of Congress elected to represent their constituents, ALL OF THEM? Why isn't membership in a caucus the same as being beholden to Wall Street, or big banks, or any other powerful group?

    June 27, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. JohnInNM

    Sounds like a pretty racist reaction.......

    June 27, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  8. NotFooledByDistractions

    good for them – issa is a joke – this whole boondoggle is just a desperate attempt to save his credibility. he's failed – in every investigation he's initiated – to find any dirt on the obama admin.

    The fortune article discredits him and lays out what a crock this whole deal is. all this hooey is based on a phony conspiracy theory. aside from that, how does a criminal like issa have ANY credibility whatsoever?

    June 27, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. lisasc

    So they plan on walking out on their fellow Democrats who will be voting to hold AG Holder in contempt.

    June 27, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. Marine1957

    Of course. The Black Caucus has perverted itself for racial "brotherhood" against all reason. They cannot be trusted to put the interests of the nation above their narrow ethnic prejudice. Yet, they ask the larger society to do exactly that. If Holder were anything but black, they would be marching in the streets for his impeachment.

    June 27, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. Darryl

    They should walk out. Anyone with 1/2 a brain can see it's all about his stand against voter fraud the Republicans are trying to manipulate and de-fuse so Pres.Obama won't get the swepping votes he is going to get.And there is a race factor in that as well.The have a race problem with the fact that he is black just like the President.The republicans have shown and verbally announced racial slurs towards President Obama. Michelle Baccman just for starters has refered to the POTUS as a TAR-Baby ect.These people are discusting and have NO place in our political arena period.The people of this country have witnessed all this stuff for the last 3 1/2 years.When November day is here and President Obama gets re-elected that will show the GOP all the nasty attacks and all the Big Money did NOT help them at all.

    June 27, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  12. griffbos

    ONe would think Congress has more pressing matters to attended to, like tax reform, a jobs bill, highway bill, a blii to prevent studnet loans from spiking next month things that reall affect the pubnlics life, no they rather play tit for tat further eroding our system of government unto total meaninglessness................

    June 27, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  13. Joe

    How is the Congressional Black Caucus not a racist organization?

    June 27, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  14. wade

    Well there we have it RACIST TO THE CORE!

    June 27, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. marcindc

    The congressional black caucus is an organization this is focused soley on the color of a persons skin and even then only if you're a leftist leaning Democrat. That organization definitely doesn't care about character. What the caucus leadership really means is they support "an Attorney General who has done nothing but work tirelessly to protect the rights of primarily non-white American people and illegal aliens who support them politically and to provide cover for an inept community organizer that is in a position beyond his capabilities and experience. The black caucus and the other "fill in the blank" caucuses can do the nation a favor after you walk out and don't come back.

    June 27, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. Toby McDooogan

    They support criminals!!!!!!!!! Of course they do, who do you think they voted for in 2008?

    June 27, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  17. Jane

    What a waste of congress' time, nothing will happen, it won't even be brought up in the senate. only meant to embarrass the admin with all these unproven nutty theories. Jane

    June 27, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. Jay Dee

    It's about time someone got a set of balls!

    June 27, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. Alan

    What a joke CNN – way to bury this story about Holder's lawlessness.

    June 27, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  20. Walt

    Issa the hate demented GOP ring leader. Can anybody say FAST & SPURIOUS?

    June 27, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  21. California

    There's literally nothing these people won't try to play as being racist. They're quite pathetic at best.

    June 27, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  22. lib

    Bravo for them!!! Every ethnic group should protest these racist clowns who continue to make this country look bad. The conservatives have lost their minds and their self respect.THey are a disgrace to this country

    June 27, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  23. blair

    let the Congressional Black Caucus walk out and keep on walking, they can take obama with them. If that was a white guy they would be screaming whats taking so long to find him in contempt.

    June 27, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  24. jack

    they're making this racial now. Disgusting !

    June 27, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  25. Jim

    Good, more power to them! Let the media run with this and keep exposing the republicans for what they really are! What a waste if tune and money when there are real issues to solve. What a disgrace the republican party has become.

    June 27, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
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